September 2008

The Middle East Peace Negotiations: A Tease

The Middel East is rife with conflict and violence, but there are rumors of peace talks in Israel.  What would these negotiations entail, and would they really be effective.  What we know is that there are a lot of thougts on the subject.  Check out these stories for a little clarification. Israels's Nonsensical Rush to Peace by Barry Rubin Olmert: Israel Must Withdraw from West Bank by Matti Freidman Olmert Resigns, But Peace Process Trudges on with Livni by Mitchell Bard

On Peace

Peace is not the product of terror or fear. Peace is not the silence of cemeteries. Peace is not the silent revolt of violent repression. Peace is the generous, tranquil contribution of all to the good of all. Peace is dynamism. Peace is generosity. It is right and it is duty. -- Bishop Oscar Romero (1917-1980)
Here are some words to remember as International Peace Day approaches.  This quotes comes from Bishop Romero who was assasinated by the Salvadoran military for wanting to spread the word of peace in a country that had none.

On compassion

"The essence of love and compassion is understanding, the ability to recognize the physical, material, and psychological suffering of others, to put ourselves "inside the skin" of the other. We "go inside" their body, feelings, and mental formations, and witness for ourselves their suffering. Shallow observation as an outsider is not enough to see their suffering. We must become one with the subject of our observation. When we are in contact with another's suffering, a feeling of compassion is born in us. Compassion means, literally, "to suffer with.""
-Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk Here are some beautiful words to meditate about as you go about your daily lives. It's a simple, yet profound truth that needs to be put into practice by more people. If only our world leaders could put into action what these simple words are saying.

Celebrate Peace Day

Mark your calendars peace-lovers, International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, is this September 21st. For those of you who don't know, Peace Day was established as a way to give individuals and organizations a voice for the promotion of peace around the world. Peace Day is in it's 25th year and still growing. The world is in so much turmoil and Peace Day is a reminder to our government leaders that we want peace in the world. People need to become aware that the world we are being sold is not the absolute truth, change can come about, but everyone has to be involved! You don't have to stage a sit-in or march the streets to celebrate Peace Day. Anyone can light a candle and meditate about the meaning of peace. Check out the International Day of Peace website for more info.

Elimination of poverty could lead to world peace...maybe

The elimination of poverty could lead to world peace. At least that is what some people believe. But are the problems facing humanity today as simple as that? Not that poverty is a simple problem, but with one problem tackled is the question of world peace solved? Maybe not, but poverty-stricken countries are a breeding ground for extremism, so says a new report about the lack of foreign aide to impoverished nations. Check out this in-depth story about how money, or lack there of can have a domino effect in nations where poverty along with social injustice can lead to oppressive government action, and the formation of extremist groups. It seems like a hopeless task to achieve peace on this planet. Our governments seem to be missing the point about what needs to be done in order for the senseless killing to end. Here's an organization that has been dedicated to the peace movement for 50 years.